Welcome to Oklahoma Route 66!

Every Route 66 state has its own unique sights and special contributions to the history and lore (or is that lure?) of Route 66. But only in Oklahoma do the elements of buildings, roadside attractions, people and history come together in such overwhelming abundance.

Blue Whale of Catoosa
Route 66, Catoosa, Oklahoma
photo © Drew Knowles, webmaster

Interested in cool structures? We've got many that you'll recognize from coffee table books about Route 66: the Round Barn, the Blue Whale, the Coleman Theatre Beautiful, the Warehouse Market, the Meramec Caverns Barn, the Milk Bottle Building, Totem Pole Park, the Rock Café, and on and on and on. And for those who like to photograph or explore old ruins, we've got those too.

Love old bridges? We've got Pratt bedstead, camelback Warren pony truss, modified Pratt through-truss, a brick-decked bridge and more.

Want to travel back in time and journey on the actual pavement that took Okies and Arkies west during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl years? We have a lot of original 2-lane concrete paving dating from the 1930s. Heck, we even have two stretches of 9-foot wide road that carried Route 66 traffic from 1926 till the mid-1930s!

Do you get your kicks exploring Museums? We have two fantastic Route 66 Museums and a host of wonderful county museums filled with enough interesting stuff to make your head spin.

Do you like to admire the scenery? Forget that bleak stereotype of a flat, dusty Oklahoma. Oklahoma 66 hugs the landscape through rolling hills, climbs in and out of river valleys and parallels baby buttes. And yes, it does arrow through some flat lands too.

Lucille's
Lucille's place, Hydro, Oklahoma
photo © Drew Knowles, webmaster

Route 66 is also about people. Oklahomans who made significant contributions to the lore of the Road include Tulsa's Cyrus Avery, “the father of Route 66;” Claremore's Will Rogers, whose humor and keen wit led him to become one of the country's first international superstars; Foyil's Andy Payne, winner of the first International Transcontinental Footrace—also known as the Bunion Derby, which helped put Route 66 on the map; Clinton's Jack and Gladys Cutberth, “Mr. and Mrs. 66” of the post-WWII National Route 66 Association; and Hydro's Lucille Hamons, one of the Route's best-known personalities. And let's not forget Phillips 66 gasoline with its distinctive shield logo—the company's headquarters were for many years right here in Oklahoma. Today, the legacy continues with a number of well-known Route 66 authors and historians living and working right here in Oklahoma, including Michael Wallis, Marian Clark, and Jim Ross. Plus there is a whole new generation of Route 66 shopkeepers, business owners, writers and photographers that are becoming well-known in their own right.

Come experience the wonder of Oklahoma Route 66 for yourself. In the meantime, explore our web site, find out what our Association and our state is up to, order our Trip Guide, then come visit. No other Route 66 state can match the experience we have to offer.

 

 

Our Mission

We at the Oklahoma Route 66 Association love America's Main Street. We're dedicated to preserving and promoting that most famous of American highways, so that present and future generations can experience its magic. You can find out more about our organization by using the About Us links on each page.